Eddie “Ed” Lee Highlander


Eddie “Ed” Lee Highlander, 72, of Frankfort, entered into Heaven surrounded by his family Sunday, March 31, 2019. He was born on September 22, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Ernest E. and Luella Mae (Park) Highlander. On July 24, 1965 in Cincinnati, he married Emma Jean (Stetler) Highlander. She survives.

Ed graduated High School from God’s Bible School in 1965. He worked as a truck driver for over thirty years. Later he and Emma owned and operated Emma’s Pizzeria, in Frankfort.  He also was a caretaker of the Wesleyan Campground for several years. Ed enjoyed golf, airplanes, (which he flew solo fulfilling a lifelong dream,) computers, and electronics. He also thoroughly enjoyed Southern Gospel Music, which he hosted a radio show, Gospel Harmony on WILO Radio in Frankfort. Enjoying music, he served as the music director at Colfax Wesleyan Church for twenty years, and most recently at Hope Community Church where he was a member for the past thirteen years.

He is survived by his wife Emma Highlander, Frankfort, Son, Scott (Kathryn) Highlander, Frankfort, sister, Sandra Sexton, Frankfort, sister-in-law Emily Highlander, Batavia, Ohio, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces, and nephews, and special granddaughter, Amy Brown-Alther, Tipton.

He was preceded in death in by his parents, Ernest and Luella Highlander, brother Ernest Highlander Jr, and one grandchild.

His Homegoing Celebration will be 11:00 AM, Friday, April 5, 2019 at Hope Community Church 665 West 375 North Lebanon, Indiana 46052 with Pastor Paul Wireman, Rev. Billy Watts and Pastor Bob Trafford officiating. Friends may gather for a time of visitation 3:00PM-8:00PM on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the church. Memorial Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to Hope Community Church.

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20 thoughts on “Eddie “Ed” Lee Highlander

  • W. Carole Scarbrough Roush

    Dear Emma and family, I am so sorry. May you feel God’s presence during this most difficult time. Love and Prayers, Dan and Carole Scarbrough Roush

  • Sara Scering

    Ed was an amazing man! Always full of love and laughter. My thoughts and prayers for Emma. Scott and the family. He will be greatly missed. God received a beautiful soul.

  • Jim and Barb Richter

    We send our condolences to the family. We have known Eddie close to 60 years when we were teenagers at Pilgrim Holiness Church in Cincinnati. We appreciate his faithfulness to the Lord and his family. May God bless all of you as He wraps His arms around all of you in this grieving time. Prayers for the family. Here is a comforting poem for the family. (by John Peterson)

    No one understands like Jesus
    Every woe He sees and feels.
    Tenderly He whispers comfort
    And the broken heart He heals.
    No one understands like Jesus
    When the days are dark and grim
    No one is so near, so dear as Jesus;
    Cast your every care on Him”
    –John Peterson

  • Mark and Becky Mowery

    Emma, Scott and Kathryn, It has been a privilege for Becky and me to be friends with you and Ed. We’ve had many times of laughter together. His big smile would always lighten up the room. We will always remember Ed as a man of love and compassion. Sorry we are out of state and cannot be there, but our prayers are with you.
    May God be a comfort to you through these difficult days.

  • Cathy

    I’m so sorry for the loss for this family. I worked for Ed and Emma at the pizzeria. I will always remember his kindness.

  • Keith Burkholder

    My condolences to Emma and family. Ed singing here at Homewood was always an inspiration to me. He will be missed.

  • Beverly Hopper Tolle

    I knew Ed’s family back in my high school days in Cincinnati when we attended the same church. So sorry to hear of his passing. Emma and family will be in my prayers.

  • Gerald A. Bell

    Eddie was one of the first people I met when I came to GBS. He took me around the city and over the river on Anderson Ferry. God Bless his memory.

  • Ralph & Doris Park

    Eddy was a wonderful Christian and family man. He enjoy singing, and we enjoyed hearing him sing. Our sincere sympathy to his family and all his many friends. Sorry we will not be able to attend the service in honor of a wonderful nephew. Love and Prayer, Uncle Ralph & Doris Park

  • Tim Trent

    We are thinking of you Your dad served a Great God And so do we Praying For you and family Love Tim Carolyn And Amber Trent.

  • Kathy Weiss

    Everyone loved Ed..Heaven is brighter because of his presence. He was such a talented ,loving ,unique Christian man.i feel richer for the opportunity to have known Ed.I know Emma will miss her soulmate but one day they will be reunited on streets of gold …

  • John and Iris

    So sorry for your loss. I will always remember his quiet strength. He was a real gentleman. You’re in our prayers